There’s plenty of talk lately about the future of live music in Austin. The Austin Music Census polled thousands of stakeholders—musicians, club owners, sound technicians, and more—about the current state of Austin music and the prospects they see for the future. The answers that the census compiled paint a bleak picture of a city whose music community is struggling to keep up with the major development that its music culture in part fueled, but the benefits of which they don’t really see. Club owners and performers alike talked about the challenges in getting fans to pay a cover for local music. Meantime, the wages that people in the music industry in Austin earn are hardly enough to keep up with the rent, which could have a large segment of Austin’s creative community looking toward San Antonio.
Have you ever heard a song and wondered, Dang, that’s a good tune. How did they come up with that? Well, we have too. Texas’s songwriting history is rich and well documented, but the creation stories behind some of these hits had yet to be fully explored.
Michael Hall: Why does Texas have such a rich songwriting tradition?